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Downtown Mobile news and info - October 2016
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1065 Brings Music Lovers Downtown

By all accounts, the 1065 music festival was a huge success! Thousands of fans came downtown to listen to music and enjoy the dining and bar options from one end of LoDa to the other. Many thanks to DMG Productions and all the sponsors for making this event possible. Hopefully the hardest working Party Animal in the festival business will be able to take a bit of a well-deserved break! 
OF NOTE

Best Library in Alabama


Ben May Main Library was named the best library in Alabama by Town and Country magazine.  The original wooden book shelves and classical Greek style put it at the top of the list. Built in 1928, the library was designed by one of Mobile's most noted architects, George Rogers. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.   See the full list here.

 

Automobile Alley Historic District

Downtown Mobile is now home to its fourth National Register Historic District. The district was created to recognize its significance as a focal point of the auto industry in Mobile, which grew drastically after World War II.  Pictured left is the renovated Buick Building, which has spurred new interest in the area. The boundaries include all or part of North Cedar, North Dearborn, North Franklin, North Hamilton, North Lawrence, St. Anthony, and St. Louis streets.

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS

Roosters Latin American Cafe

In case you thought Downtown Mobile had all the culinary bases covered, 211 Dauphin Street will soon be home to a cuisine not currently offered by our existing 40 restaurants. Chef Frankie Little spent time in Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, developing a passion for the flavors of that region.
Roosters will be a "fast casual" dining experience, with lunch and dinner offered Monday - Saturday and late night  hours on the weekends. Look for authentic tacos, tortas and burritos with fresh fillings and sides. Follow the restaurant's progress on
Facebook.
 

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

Serda's Brewing Company 


John Serda started with coffee and has moved on to beer.   Serda Brewing Co. and its partners have purchased the property at 600 Government St., where it will be based.  Look to be sampling the tasty local brews by next summer!

Haint Blue Brewing Company


Inspired by all the craft breweries in Seattle, Keith Sherrill started Haint Blue after spending 14 years in the Army.  Sherrill is an Alabama native who wants to create signature brews, unique to the state.  The brewery seeks community investment, starting at $100.  Find out more about the project and investment opportunities here. 
 
210 Government Street Sells

Most of the block of Government Street across from Government Plaza has been purchased by local investors and will soon be housing employees of Hargrove Controls + Automation, a division of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. Onced the home of the studios of WALA-TV, the buildings have been largely vacant for a few years. 

Leap Frog Shuttle


The shuttle offers transportation during lunch hours, late night hours in the entertainment district, as well as during special events like Mardi Gras.  To learn more about the service, click here.
 

2016 Main Street Mobile Winners

During its annual meeting, the Downtown Mobile Alliance was proud to recognize and award several businesses, organizations and entities for their investments in Downtown in the last year. Photos of the winners may be seen by clicking here.

Leadership Achievement:
The Steeple        
Visit Mobile - Tourism Branding Campaign      
City of Mobile - Riverside Ice              

Downtown Innovation  
Hilton Garden Inn                  The Admiral Hotel

Bienville Award
John Sledge, architectural historian and author

Chairman's Certificates:
Initiative or Project Fuse Factory
Initiative or Project Gulf Coast Ducks
Initiative or Project Exchange 202
Initiative or Project Mobile Museum of Art Pop-Up Art Museum
Major Renovation Mattress Factory Façade Improvements
Major Renovation Warren Street Cottages
Major Renovation Moe's Original BBQ Deck
Major Renovation 212-214 Dauphin Street Parking Lot
Major Renovation 209 S. Cedar Street Addition
Major Renovation 303 N. Conception Street Addition
Major Renovation 312 N. Jackson Renovation
Major Renovation ServisFirst Bank
Major Renovation 604 Eslava Street Addition
Major Renovation Davis Auto Mural
Major Renovation Carnival Museum Fence Restoration
Major Renovation 200 S. Dearborn Street Renovation
Major Renvation Harper Technologies Renovation
Major Renovation Haberdasher Renovation
Major Renovation Panini Pete's Facade Improvements
Major Renovation Kazoola Eatery Renovation
Major Renovation AT&T Fence
New Business Port City Realty
New Business Dauphin's
New Business Five
New Business AFLAC
New Business Round House
New Business KABL & Co.
New Business Downtown Car Care
New Business Moore Law Firm
New Business Merry Widow
New Business Exalte'
New Business The Call News
New Business VMR Agency
New Business Wink Engineering
New Business Jostens
New Business Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
New Business Michael Baker
New Business Crossfit Stone
New Business Crossfit Mobile
New Business Pond & Co.
New Business JLL
New Business Inspired Business Furniture
New Business Eggplant Systems & Design
New Business Socialize Your Bizness
New Business Rockwell & Kaufman
New Business flux
New Business Blais Interior Design
New Business Zoe Jean Designs
New Business Noble Events
New Business Aislinn Kate Photography
New Business Dauphin Street Sound
New Business Elle Photography
SPECIAL EVENTS

ArtWalk (Spooky Walk) - Friday, Oct. 14th

Boo At Bellingrath: Tricks & Treats Galore - Saturday, October 29

Historic Ghost Tour of Mobile - Monday, October 31
MUSIC

LoDa Live - Live music in and around Downtown Mobile
CULTURAL EVENTS

Mobile Symphony Orchestra
The sounds and sights of Pixar’s beloved animated movies come to life at the Saenger Theatre Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., as the Mobile Symphony presents Pixar in Concert – a multimedia program featuring music from 16 of the studio’s feature films, from Toy Story to The Incredibles to Up, performed live as film clips are projected on a large screen above the musicians.  Tickets can be ordered here.
MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World - Through January 1, 2017, Gulf Coast Exploreum

Filming The Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremburg, History Museum of Mobile

Treasures of NOAA's Ark - Through February 2017, GulfQuest


 
GALLERIES

Gallery 450

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile Arts Council

Cathedral Square Gallery
WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN

Hell Or High Water - starts Oct. 7 at the Crescent Theater

Dinosaurs Alive! - IMAX at the Exploruem


 
Fundraisers



Mobile Down Syndrome Buddy Walk - Oct. 15th, Bienville Square

About Us

The Downtown Mobile Alliance exists to support the redevelopment of Downtown Mobile through marketing, advocacy and the management of Business Improvement District services.
Carol Hunter
Downtown Mobile Alliance
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